San Pasqual Academy
About This Program
Target Population: Foster care youth in middle school and high school
For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18
San Pasqual Academy is a residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens, providing a stable, caring home, a quality, individualized education, and the skills needed for independent living. This program is a unique public-private partnership addressing four components of the campus: residential, education, work readiness, and child welfare services.
The goals of the San Pasqual Academy are:
- Prepare youth for emancipation
- Assist youth in completing high school
- Teach independent living skills on a daily basis
- Provide long-term placement for youth
- Establish a permanency connection with an adult
- Create and encourage youth’s participation in extracurricular activities
The essential components of the San Pasqual Academy include:
- Residential - New Alternatives, Inc. operates the residential program:
- The residential program provides family-style homes for up to eight youth per cottage.
- The residential program offers independent living skills and social skills group sessions through the Teen Topics series, after-school activities, Family Day events, and an opportunity for siblings to live together on campus.
- The residential program runs comprehensive health services, including health education programs, that are available through the campus Health and Wellness Center.
- The San Pasqual Academy Neighbors (SPAN) intergenerational mentoring program brings foster youth and foster grandparents together in this warm and supportive community.
- The Alumni Housing program offers on-campus housing and support services to Academy graduates while they pursue their goals, whether the goal is college, vocational education, or work.
- Education - The San Diego County Office of Education operates the on-site high school program:
- The curriculum is based on the California education standards and entrance requirements for the University of California and California State University systems.
- Individualized education plans are developed for students to prepare them for college and/or career training. Computers with Internet access are available in each classroom and a low student/teacher ratio means more personal attention.
- Extra-curricular activities such as student government, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletics, yearbook and dances are offered through the school, and vocational classes are offered in cooperation with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the Regional Occupational Program.
- Work Readiness - The San Diego Workforce Partnership, which consists of Casey Family Programs, ACCESS Inc., and Junior Achievement operates the work readiness program:
- Services including: tutoring, career counseling, job training and internships, paid part-time employment on campus and in the community, elective school courses such as business skills, computer applications and multimedia skills.
- They also provide guidance for the Dragon’s Lounge, the student-run juice and snack bar.
- Child Welfare Services - San Diego County Child Welfare Services provides child welfare services:
- Social workers and a supervisor to handle case management of Academy youths’ dependency cases, as well as to advocate in court for the youth.
San Pasqual Academy directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Ranges from behavioral issues, such as oppositional/defiance, to self-esteem, peer conflict, and depression.
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:
This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Clinicians on campus may provide conjoint or family therapy, depending on the need of the youth/family.
Teen Topics can be 30 to 60 minutes per week, depending on the nature of the topic. Youth’s length of participation in one-on-one or family therapeutic services will depend on clinical symptoms and goals.
There is no limit on how long a youth can be at San Pasqual Academy. The program is designed to assist youth be in a placement at San Pasqual Academy until they’re able to reunify with their parents or when they have reached the age of majority and jurisdiction is terminated.
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Foster/Kinship Care
- Residential Care Facility
This program does not include a homework component.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- Residential facility with a school built into it or nearby or houses available to be used for family homes.
- Service providers readily available on campus
- Seamless services for youth
- Collaboration between campus partners/providers to arrange services.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Each partner on campus require various minimum qualifications, depending on the program requirements. The types of professionals involved in the different partner agencies include credentialed teachers and principal, trained child welfare services staff; licensed clinicians or interns; licensed medical staff; certified Administrators to run residential program; and professional trainers.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program ; but there is not training available for this program.
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for San Pasqual Academy.
No reference materials are currently available for San Pasqual Academy.
- Jay Sakamoto
- Title: Program Manager
- Agency/Affiliation: HHSA County of San Diego
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (858) 874-1127
- Fax: (858) 874-1163
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012